Nutritionist on the worst biscuit to eat for your health - and it's the nation's favourite

Nutritionist on biscuits with a higher sugar content
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As a nation, we are biscuit fanatics, munching through over 200 million of the sweet treats daily. Whether it's for dunking in our tea or simply savouring solo, it's clear we can't resist them.

However, we're not deluded about their health benefits - or lack thereof. Many biscuits are sugar-laden and some even come smothered in chocolate, making them less than ideal for frequent consumption.

While an occasional biscuit won't do much harm, it's worth being mindful of the calorie, sugar and fat content. With this in mind, an expert exclusively told Express.co.uk about the best and worst British biscuits for your health, reports the Express.

Harley Street nutritionist, Kate Cook, said: "Everyone enjoys a sweet treat from time to time, even though we know that a sneaky biscuit isn't always the healthiest choice. The key consideration when indulging in a sweet treat is the sugar content, as this allows you to make better comparisons and choices."

She cautioned against overindulging in chocolate-coated biscuits, including chocolate digestives, recently crowned Britain's favourite biscuit in a survey. "Larger, chocolate-coated biscuits typically contain more sugar per serving," Kate noted.

"I am thinking of bars that come as four chocolate-covered fingers their sugar content can be as high as 22 grams." Also, chocolate digestives (per two-biscuit serving) contain nearly 10 grams of sugar, similar to Hobnob and other British classics," she added.

So if you're a massive fan of digestives, you may want to consider switching to the plain ones, as they're a healthier alternative. Kate said: "A better option might be a plain digestive, which, per two biscuits, contains only five grams of sugar (about a teaspoon)."

"Focusing on sugar content is important not just for dental health, but also for energy management. High sugar intake can cause fluctuation of the hormones that control blood sugar, leading to energy crashes, and tiredness, and promote fat storage."

But don't worry, there are other biscuits out there that can satisfy that sweet treat longing in a healthier way. Kate suggested picking those that are high in wholegrains such as oats.

"So if that little sweet treat is calling, look out for the total sugar content and wholegrain proportions," she emphasised. Oats provide slow-release energy, helping to maintain stable blood sugar levels and sustained energy throughout the day."

"This can enhance your ability to concentrate, control hunger, and maintain vitality from morning to evening." A great example of these types of biscuits is Coconut and Chia Oat Biscuits by Nairn, boasting a whopping 63 percent oat content.